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Russia unveils new passenger plane MC-21 at MAKS 2019 air show event

Updated : 2019-08-28 17:00:32

Russia on Wednesday unveiled its new passenger plane MC-21, touted as a competitor to Boeing and Airbus. Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the MAKS air salon on Tuesday outside Moscow with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The showpiece of this year's MAKS is the new civilian aircraft, which will be formally shown to potential clients after more than a decade in the making and multiple delays. The medium-haul MC-21, which is produced by Siberian-based manufacturer Irkut and seats up to 211 passengers, is the industry's big hope after setbacks with the regional Sukhoi Superjet 100 liner, launched in 2011 as the first post-Soviet civilian airplane. Here are some glimpses from the air show:

Russia on Wednesday unveiled its new passenger plane MC-21, billed as a competitor to Boeing and Airbus even as the project is overshadowed by sanctions and setbacks with its predecessor, the Superjet. (Image: AP)
Russia on Wednesday unveiled its new passenger plane MC-21, billed as a competitor to Boeing and Airbus even as the project is overshadowed by sanctions and setbacks with its predecessor, the Superjet. (Image: AP)
President Vladimir Putin formally opened the MAKS air salon outside Moscow Tuesday with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was enticed with Sukhoi fighter jets. The showpiece of this year's MAKS is the new civilian aircraft, which will be formally shown to potential clients after more than a decade in the making and multiple delays. (Image: AP)
President Vladimir Putin formally opened the MAKS air salon outside Moscow Tuesday with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was enticed with Sukhoi fighter jets. The showpiece of this year's MAKS is the new civilian aircraft, which will be formally shown to potential clients after more than a decade in the making and multiple delays. (Image: AP)
The medium-haul MC-21, which is produced by Siberian-based manufacturer Irkut and seats up to 211 passengers, is the industry's big hope after setbacks with the regional Sukhoi Superjet 100 liner, launched in 2011 as the first post-Soviet civilian airplane. (Image: AP)
The medium-haul MC-21, which is produced by Siberian-based manufacturer Irkut and seats up to 211 passengers, is the industry's big hope after setbacks with the regional Sukhoi Superjet 100 liner, launched in 2011 as the first post-Soviet civilian airplane. (Image: AP)
The first batch of MC-21 aircraft was also to be equipped with US-made Pratt & Whitney engines, according to a contract signed before the sanctions blocked further deliveries. (Image: Reuters)
The first batch of MC-21 aircraft was also to be equipped with US-made Pratt & Whitney engines, according to a contract signed before the sanctions blocked further deliveries. (Image: Reuters)
An MC-21 prototype made its maiden flight in 2017 but serial manufacturing has been delayed, in part due to US sanctions affecting the production of its carbon composite wings. (Image: Reuters)
An MC-21 prototype made its maiden flight in 2017 but serial manufacturing has been delayed, in part due to US sanctions affecting the production of its carbon composite wings. (Image: Reuters)
Though it was supposed to be put in service at the end of 2018, Rostec chief Sergei Chemezov said this year the first MC-21 planes will be delivered to Russian state-owned Aeroflot airline only in 2021. (Image: Reuters)
Though it was supposed to be put in service at the end of 2018, Rostec chief Sergei Chemezov said this year the first MC-21 planes will be delivered to Russian state-owned Aeroflot airline only in 2021. (Image: Reuters)
The three variants on show at Wednesday's salon use the American engines, while future production will use Russian-made PD-14 engines. (Image: Reuters)
The three variants on show at Wednesday's salon use the American engines, while future production will use Russian-made PD-14 engines. (Image: Reuters)
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